Gehenna: Where Death Lives is a crowd-funding success story that premiered last month at LA’s Shriekfest to stupendous reviews. Yesterday, producers announced the film’s sales rights had been snapped up by High Octane Pictures, but Horror Freaks will definitely be most interested in the incredible trailer that accompanied the news; it’s definitely one of the scariest things I’ve seen in recent memory—perhaps second only to Baskin. Another huge selling point for genre fans: Gehenna: Where Death Lives features horror icon Lance Henricksen and lauded body actor Doug Jones. What’s not to love?
From yesterday’s press release:
The international sales rights to highly anticipated creature-feature Gehenna: Where Death Lives, directed, produced, and co-written by makeup and special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri, have been acquired by High Octane Pictures, a newly-minted shingle founded by industry vet and CAA Alum Galen Christy. The film boasts high-end sets and spectacular effects work from Katagiri himself and his friends from the industry.
Katagiri’s storied career includes working at Stan Winston Studios and also working with Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park, A.I., and War of the Worlds. A few of his other credits include Pacific Rim, The Hunger Games, and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. Gehenna marks his debut as a feature film director.
Encompassing horror, suspense, and a twist that will blow your mind, Gehenna fixes on five people who enter a hidden bunker from WWII and realize it’s way more than a bunker. Some fates are MUCH worse than death.
The ensemble cast includes Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), genre icon Lance Henriksen (“Millennium,” Aliens), Eva Swan, Simon Phillips, and Justin Gordon. Spectral Motion, known for award-winning work on such films as Hellboy and Looper, did the makeup effects for the creature played by Jones.
With High Octane’s support, expect Gehenna: Where Death Lives to have a major presence at this year’s American Film Market.